Amex is closing the Centurion Lounge in Los Angeles until later this year

Jun 7, 2021

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You’ll have one less airport lounge to enjoy when traveling through the nation’s busiest West Coast airport.

On Monday, June 7, Amex shuttered its flagship Los Angeles Centurion Lounge until later this year. The issuer cites “building repairs” as the reason for the temporary closure.

In a statement shared with TPG, Amex said that “the Centurion Lounge at Los Angeles International Airport is temporarily closed due to building repairs. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to welcoming our premium Card Members back soon. Barring any construction delays, we expect the lounge to reopen later this year.”

Centurion Lounge in Los Angeles (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

It wasn’t immediately clear if the building repairs were related to the Centurion Lounge itself or to the larger structure in which it’s located in the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

Related: The ultimate guide to American Express Centurion Lounges

Either way, if you’re passing through LAX in the coming weeks and months, you won’t be tempted to trek though the airport for a visit to the Centurion Lounge.

Cardmembers of the The Platinum Card® from American ExpressThe Business Platinum Card® from American Express or the Centurion Card can access the Delta SkyClub in Terminal 2 when flying with Delta, or the Alaska Airlines lounge in Terminal 6 through the card’s included Priority Pass membership. Enrollment required for select benefits.

The Centurion Lounge at LAX is one of the issuer’s newest lounges, but it’s only been open for a couple of months. The outpost officially opened on March 9, just days before the pandemic effectively brought the travel industry to a screeching halt.

Amex closed all of its lounges networkwide, including the LAX location, on March 21, and only started reopening some in October. The Los Angeles lounge reopened in November, but only with limited services.

Centurion Lounge in Los Angeles (Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

Cardmembers could visit the lounge, but only for takeaway food and drinks due to the local COVID-19 restrictions. I even popped into the lounge last week before my JetBlue Mint flight to New York-JFK and found that the issuer was still sticking to its to-go offerings, despite indoor dining resuming in Los Angeles.

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Though the blue doors to the LAX location are now closed, Amex is busy working on expanding the Centurion Lounge network. New outposts are slated to open in New York’s LaGuardia, London’s Heathrow and Washington D.C.’s Reagan National airports in the coming months. The new locations join upcoming expansions in San Francisco and Seattle.

The growth of Amex’s lounge network comes as its rival credit card issuers — Chase and Capital One — are busy preparing for their airport lounge debuts.

Featured photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy

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